112th EDITION: April 19 2019

Pilgrims on the Way of Truth

A Message from Father Twenty...

“Rejoice and be glad!” (Matthew 5:12)

These are the words with which Jesus exhorts his disciples to be witnesses to the Good News, in spite of the suffering they will have to endure from a world opposed to their message.

These are the words Pope Francis used for the title of his recent Apostolic Exhortation “on the call to holiness in today’s world.”

These are also the words of our theme this year at Marian Central Catholic High School, which I announced at our first All School Mass back in August 2018.

These words resonate loudly in my heart this time of year for many reasons.

I rejoice and I am glad, because I am so blessed to have been assigned by Bishop Malloy to be a part of this wonderful community at Marian.

I rejoice and I am glad, because you all have so warmly welcomed me here.

I rejoice and I am glad, because I work with so many great people in the Marian staff and faculty.

I rejoice and I am glad, because I am inspired daily by the incredible students at Marian.

I rejoice and I am glad, because Marian is my new home.

Finally, I rejoice and I am glad, because I know that Jesus Christ is risen. He is truly risen! No sorrow, no suffering, no matter how painful and real, can ever take this amazing truth away from us.

I invite you to rejoice and be glad with me, because, as Pope Benedict XVI once said, “The Christian without joy is an oxymoron.”

May the Blessed Mother, cause of our joy and patroness of our beloved Marian Central, bring many graces to you and your families this season.

Happy Easter!

God bless,

Fr. 20

WEEK AT-A-GLANCE April 20 - 26, 2019

End of Year calendar for grades 9-11 has been extended to MAY 31st due to use of snow days!

Click on date below for daily Scripture Readings!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

10:00 am: Boys So Baseball vs Marist

10:00 am: Girls Var Soccer vs Marist

11:30 am: Girls JV Soccer vs Marist

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019

Prom Dress Theme: ROYALTY DAY - channel your inner Prince or Princess!

8:55 am: All-School Easter Mass, followed by Prom Court Announcement!

2:25 pm: State-Cheer-Out for Joseph Noonan (Academic Challenge)

2:30 pm: Confessions in Chapel

4:15 pm: Girls Var Soccer vs Belvidere North

4:30 pm: Girls JV Soccer vs Belvidere North

4:30 pm: Boys Var Baseball vs St. Patrick

4:30 pm: Boys Var Tennis vs Lakes

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Prom Dress Theme: SPORTS JERSEY DAY - celebrate your favorite team!

All School Confessions during Theology Classes

Comp/Speech Literacy Tour to Deanery Schools

4th - 6th pds: Adoration in Chapel

4th - 6th pds: Big Brothers/Big Sisters rep in Cafeteria

2:45 pm: Variety Show Acts Rehearsals in Auditorium

4:30 pm: Boys So Baseball vs St. Patrick

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - NO SCHOOL - TEACHER IN-SERVICE

4:30 pm: Girls Var Softball vs Benet Academy

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Prom Dress Theme: SUPER MC SPIRIT DAY!

All School Confessions during Theology Classes

Comp/Speech Literacy Tour to Deanery Schools

10 Minute Homeroom: Voting for Prom King & Queen

4th - 6th pds: Adoration in Chapel

2:09 pm: Prom Pep Assembly in Landers Pavilion

2:35 pm: Detention Session in 125 (Tonkin)

2:45 pm: Variety Show Acts Rehearsals in Auditorium

4:30 pm: Boys Var Tennis vs St. Patrick

Friday, April 26, 2019 - NOON DISMISSAL / SENIORS NO SCHOOL!

Prom Dress Theme: ANIMAL DAY - Let's fill our Enchanted Forest!

Check out our detailed Athletic Calendar for all practice times, team dinners, and "Away" games for this week!

For a detailed calendar of all MCCHS Clubs & Organizations meetings and events, please see our Clubs & Organizations Website!


2019 Prom Information Letter

Prom 2019 Itinerary

4:30 - 5:35 pm - DeWane professional photos in Landers Pavilion

5:40 pm - Start Promenade

5:45 - 6:15 pm - Load Buses

7:00 pm - Arrive at The Cotillion

7:15 palm - Dinner Begins

8:15 pm - Dancing Begins

10:00 pm - Coronation

11:45 pm - 12:00 midnight - Load Buses

12:45 am - Arrive at Marian Central


Have a dress you're not quite sure about? Snap a pic and email it over to Mrs. Loy! She tries to respond very quickly!


This year, DeWane Studio will be on hand AT THE PROMENADE from 4:30 pm - 5:35 pm taking formal portraits of our students! In the past, we have enjoyed DeWane photography AT the prom venue, but this year we are changing it up for a very good reason! We are thrilled to share that Mr. Jim DeWane (a proud MC Alum!) will be attending his son's wedding rehearsal and dinner the night of our Prom - so it turns out, he will find himself on the other side of the camera for a change! Marian Central is thrilled to extend our congratulations to Mr. DeWane's family as they celebrate this wonderful occasion!


Let's CELEBRATE our TEACHERS & STAFF for Teacher Appreciation Week!

Do you have a Marian teacher or staff member that has made a positive impact in your child's life? Please SHARE that shout-out with us and we will deliver your message to them during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6th - 10th) More than anything, words of encouragement really help energize, motivate, and have a positive lasting impact! This is truly our vocation!

This form is not limited to teachers - think about all the other people in the building who come to school every day to make this a special place: custodians, lunch personnel, office staff, Guidance, coaches, club/organization advisers, directors, etc.



Teacher, Staff Member, Coach, Adviser - let's show them the LOVE! It will be SO APPRECIATED! Fill out as many as you want!

Casino Night MC Dinner Auction a HUGE SUCCESS!

We are still calculating the final numbers for the evening - but we wanted to give a shout-out to our raffle winners! Thank you to everyone who attended - and sending love to all those who volunteered to make this evening a wonderful event!

$10,000 – Harlan Dam ‘63

$5,000 – Bobby Burg ‘80

$2,500 – Nick Mancini

$1,000 – Lisa Wolf


Julia Lambert

Patty Brummond

Carrie Prus

Laura Huszla ‘09

Cameron T. Clark ‘62

All Parents - We Need Your Feedback on the 1:1 Technology!

As we close Year One of our 1:1 Technology integration, we are gathering feedback from teachers, students, and parents on what worked and what needs improvement. Your opinion is SO IMPORTANT as we plan next year! Please take a few minutes to complete the Parent Survey linked below. If you could complete this survey by May 1st, we would really appreciate it!

Parent Technology Survey

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Join us for the FINAL Principal's Coffee April 30th 8am

R.S.V.P. by accessing our invite here so we know you're coming!


Seniors in good standing are afforded the opportunity to opt out of second semester final exams, given that they meet all of the criteria listed on the attached EXEMPTION APPLICATION (linked below).

This form must be completed in its entirety and returned to the school office by the end of the day on Friday, May 3rd 2019.

The classroom teacher reserves the right to rescind exemption approval if the student’s grade drops below 91% by the date of the final exam. The Principal and Assistant Principal also reserve the right to rescind exemption approval if the student accumulates additional disciplinary or attendance incidents that exclude him/her from the exemption policy outlined below by the date of the final exam.


Tuition and fees must be paid in full by April 15, 2019, according to official tuition payment schedule.


A few things to consider:

  • We DO average 3rd and 4th quarter grades together! So - if a student had a rocky 3rd quarter, but brought up that grade, and that combined grade averages 91% (rounded) - then the exemption is still possible!

  • We DO complete additional application reviews, if alerted by marking the "appeal" box. For example, some teachers may have a larger assignment or project due AFTER the exam application is due.

  • We DO NOT accept appeals for excessive disciplinary infractions.

  • We MATCH all absences with COLLEGE and MEDICAL notes received into the office.

  • We MUST have a cut-off date for the appeal process: May 10th. That way, we can finalize those testing lists for our teachers - and all students know exactly what they need to prepare for!

  • If in doubt - encourage your student to complete the application! Please know, however, even appealed applications may not result in approvals.

  • Remind your student that this exemption program is a PRIVILEGE that must be EARNED.

"Circles of Care" Information for ALL STUDENTS!

[Excerpt from Most Reverend David J. Malloy, Bishop of Rockford]

"The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
, adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002, requires parishes and schools to provide formation for children in the areas of safety and the integrity of their persons. To assist our families with this important task, we have developed the “Diocese of Rockford Formation in Christian Chastity and Safe Environment Program,” using as a principal source The Catechism of the Catholic Church.

[. . .]

The Diocesan Formation in Christian Chastity and Safe Environment Programs replace previous programs promulgated by the Diocesan Catholic Education Office, and are mandatory for all Catholic primary Schools and Parish Religious Education programs in the Diocese of Rockford. "

Click HERE for access to Bishop Malloy's entire introductory letter.

Grade 9 Circles of Care Information

Grade 10 Circles of Care Information

Grade 11 Circles of Care Information

Grade 12 Circles of Care Information

Circles of Care Information Website


Reminder, the deadline to apply for Financial Assistance for the 2019-20 school year is May 1st. If you haven't filled out an application yet, go to our school website and apply online through FACTS, our tuition assistance processor. All information can be found at

We will send out notification letters in June.

College Counselor's Corner: JUNIORS...THIS ONE'S FOR YOU!

Dear Parents of our Junior Class:

Greetings from Guidance! As we approach the end of the school year, I’d like to offer a few updates and reminders about the college search process.

Individual junior meetings are complete! Over the past several months, I have met individually with every student in the junior class in order to learn about each of their unique college searches and introduce them to our new college exploration tool, SCOIR. These meetings have been informative, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with your daughters and sons. During these meetings, I’ve reminded each student that my entire job is connected to the college search, and I’m here to be a resource whenever they need throughout the next year. I encourage students and parents to meet with me often so we can navigate the intricacies of this year together.

While I won’t be at Marian during the summer months, I’m regularly available via E-mail. I encourage both students and parents to E-mail me as questions and concerns arise. I’m more than happy to schedule chats via phone, Skype, or FaceTime with both students and parents during the summer as needed.

Remember to use the summer months wisely! Even though classes aren’t in session, summer is an excellent time to visit college campuses to get an idea of how they make students and families feel. Summer is also the ideal time for students to finalize the list of colleges they plan to apply to in the fall. Remember, I’ll be able to view all students’ prospective college lists online in SCOIR. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions about current lists or to get more suggestions based on current “favorite” schools.

Here are a few important events and dates coming up in the Fall 2019 semester that I’d like to make you all aware of:

Senior College Application Night will be held on Tuesday August 20th 2019 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. This program will outline the logistics of applying to college and will include a brief Common Application tutorial and detailed instructions for using SCOIR throughout the college application process. Though attendance isn’t mandatory, all seniors are strongly encouraged to attend. Parents are encouraged to attend as well. Even though parents may not be new to the college application process, the Class of 2020 will be the first to use SCOIR to process and send all of their college application materials. We want to be sure everyone has the information they need to make college application season smooth and stress free!

Financial Aid Information Night will be held on Tuesday, September 24th 2019 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. This program will provide families with an understanding of how families’ financial need is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile and how colleges use that information to award need-based financial aid. This year’s presenter will be Susan Teerink, the Associate Vice Provost for Financial Aid and Enrollment Services at Marquette University. This program is open to students and parents from all grade levels, however junior and senior families are strongly encouraged to attend.

Next year will be a whirlwind for you all, and especially for your daughters and sons. Please know that Mrs. Hilton, Mr. Kruse, Mrs. Diamond, and I are all here to help in any way that we can!


Mr. Stamatakos

College Counselor

815-338-4220 x120

SENIORS: Cap & Gown Photo Information!

Every year, on Honors Day (May 17th), DeWane Studio is here in the Main Commons taking Cap & Gown photos!

If you would like to order photos of your Senior with their Cap & Gown - please download this order form and send it in with a check, payable to DeWane Studio on May 17th. Mr. DeWane will be there with extra order forms too, for last-minute decisions - but it's always good to plan ahead and have the check ready!

CLICK HERE for a DeWane Photo Order Form!

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FORMED on Demand

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All announcements, schedules, and forms are published on our Marian website for your convenience! After any new announcements are broadcast via email, we make sure we post a permanent link to the information on our website for your reference.